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->'''Howard:''' Your wife pushes you around? But you're a big scary cop!\\
'''Mr. Rostenkowski:''' Well you're an astronaut and your wife pushes you around. And she's only four feet tall!
-->-- ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''

The poor guy; he squirms under the thumb of a domineering wife, very likely a GrandeDame. Her word is law, and he can only obey, with a meek and humble, "Yes, dear." We laugh at his misfortune, and maybe pity him a little.

Frequently, [[TinyGuyHugeGirl he will be a small figure, literally overshadowed by his behemoth of a wife]]. Bigger than he is, she nevertheless expects him to carry all her packages when out shopping, to run all her errands, and to care for whatever [[MisterMuffykins snarling pet she dotes on]]. All the while his own hobbies and sources of personal enjoyment will fall by the wayside ("No, honey, you can't watch the game Sunday, we're going antiquing!" -- and he will).

Some of these men are resigned to the horror of their lives; others try to escape, oftentimes [[WomanScorned to their regret]]. There are two possibilities if the Henpecked Husband actually succeeds in standing up to his wife: either she'll hold her ground, provoking him to divorce her and revel in the newfound freedom, or his wife will not only back down, but instantly swoon and throw herself at him -- she was [[AllAmazonsWantHercules secretly yearning for him to grow a spine all along]].

A common feature in the AwfulWeddedLife DomCom genre. Originally, this trope was a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] of expectations -- a husband dominated by his wife was funny because it was the reverse of [[ValuesDissonance the normal, proper situation]] where the man was in charge of the household. After all, [[IWasBeatenByAGirl a real man could never be dominated by any mere woman]], so the Henpecked Husband must be a [[NonActionGuy wimp]] who [[WhatMeasureIsANonBadass deserves it]]. Today, the notion that the man must be the head of the family is mostly a DiscreditedTrope, but the idea that there's [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale something inherently hilarious about a woman dominating a man]] still lingers. While cries of HenpeckedHusband are sometimes raised at the slightest implication of a wife being in charge of anything, it's only very recently that it's started becoming common for the truly overpowering examples to be held up as [[AllAbusersAreMale abusive.]]

If it's a relationship where [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther the two of them really love each other]], this will be played even more [[PlayedForLaughs for laughs]], with the joke more likely to be not that the husband is suffering, but that he's delusional. Maybe the husband starts talking about how he "wears the pants in the family". The wife will then make a comment or suggestion, and he'll immediately cave. Yeah, he's whipped.

Compare MommasBoy and MyBelovedSmother in the case the husband is replaced by his son. See also NoAccountingForTaste. In the process of slowly becoming a DiscreditedTrope in favor of ParentingTheHusband.


* A very old and memorable Colombian TV commercial for a brand of dishwasher sponges showed a very tall GrandeDame yelling to her husband:
-->'''Wife:''' ¿Saturnino? \\
'''Saturnino:''' ¿Sí, mi amor? \\
'''Wife:''' ¡Quiero todo limpio y seco! (I want everything clean and dry!) \\
'''Saturnino:''' Sí, mi amor...

[[folder:Anime & Manga ]]
* ''Manga/DragonBall'':
** Goku is a zigzagged example. Even though Chichi usually seems completely in control of him, when he really ''wants'' to defy her wishes (which is usually for ''world saving business'') he proves to be entirely capable of ignoring her. Normally, his easygoing personality just makes him happy to defer to Chichi's more forceful nature.
*** ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' gives another angle to their relationship. When Goku wants to go off and train with Whis (for no particular reason other than that he wants to), Chichi is infuriated that he would spend so much time away from his family and does her best to stop him. He basically ignores her and goes anyway, at which point she simply smiles and says it was unavoidable, suggesting her behavior isn't necessarily an effort to absolutely control Goku so much as to temper his enthusiasm with some degree of familial responsibility.
** Krillin also qualifies, it's just that unlike Goku, it's more downplayed. He's shown to be very submissive to his wife, Android 18, but that seems to be half this trope and half him being a blatant AmazonChaser who enjoys getting bossed around by her.
** As of Anime/DragonBallSuper, ''Vegeta'' has become one to Bulma, paralleling Goku's relationship with Chichi. Though he is more prone to ignoring her, he is ''terrified'' of offending her, and will concede to her wishes when push comes to shove. ''Super'' even has him note that Saiyan men ''[[AmazonChaser really]]'' [[AmazonChaser have a thing for strong-willed women.]]
* Japanese manga later turned into (a short-lived) anime ''Dame Oyaji'' (1970) takes this to the next level, by having the wife AND kids beat the snot out of the dad solely because they hate him. For those who don't know Japanese, the title translates to "Useless Dad".
* The men of the Nara Clan in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' seem attracted to these types of relationships. Shikamaru claims his dad Shikaku is whipped by his domineering mother, the {{Tsundere}} Yoshino; not wanting to fall into that mess, he routinely states that [[NoGuyWantsToBeChased he hates women like that]]. Yet he's stuck with Ino Yamanaka as a partner, then gets matched up against Kin Tsuchi, Temari, and Tayuya in the Chunin Exam and Rescue Sasuke arcs, with the second even saving him against the latter. He and Temari seem to be getting a little closer after the TimeSkip, which [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend they both deny]]. The epilogue later shows he and Temari [[spoiler: have gotten married and had a son, though it remains to be seen if he's as henpecked as his father was.]]
** In the epilogue, [[spoiler: Chouji and Sai are henpecked by their wives, Karui and Ino.]]
* Mr. Number One from one episode of ''Anime/NerimaDaikonBrothers''. Poor guy.
* In ''LightNovel/NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu'', Haruka's dad is this. Although he's an OverProtectiveDad, and has the respect/command of a small commando unit and shareholders, he's largely afraid of his wife, who forces him to reluctantly accepts his daughter Haruka's relationship with Yuuto, and her interest in manga/anime. In one situation, another girl, Shiina, confessed to who she thought was a sleeping Yuuto, only to find out it was Haruka's dad. Although he was completely innocent, his wife still [[DisproportionateRetribution retaliated by accusing him of cheating on her]].
* Benkei in ''Anime/TheGirlWhoLeaptThroughSpace''. Being a sentient space colony, he and Tsutsuji aren't technically husband and wife, but they fit...
* In the first season of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', there's a scene where a man falls under the influence of a cursed knife and starts attacking Lina and Gourry. His wife opens a window and yells at him, and he slithers meekly back to his shop. Lampshaded immediately afterwards as Lina comments that an angry wife is more powerful and influential than a cursed knife.
* In ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'', San's father is one of these. This is probably a good thing, given that he's an OverprotectiveDad to the point of psychosis. Nagasumi's father is also a bit of a wuss compared to his wife.
* Otsuka Akio, Ren's dad in ''Manga/PoorPoorLips''. On his first appearance alone, it's revealed that he needed to get permission from his wife just to visit Ren after she was disinherited, and that required a whole year of pleading to his wife.
* ''{{Manga/Bleach}}'' plays with this by having every member of the Gotei 13 henpecked by Captain Unohana Retsu (who leads the meek and submissive 4th division) who needs only give a simple glare to make any of the other captains (and Ichigo) fall in line. [[spoiler: Later becomes less funny when it's revealed she was the first Kenpachi, the most notorious criminal and murderer in the history of Soul Society]].
* ''Manga/ShamanKing'' has an interesting example in Anna and Yoh... partially because they're both [[ToyShip 14 years old]] and technically just ENGAGED to be married once they've both grown up. This, however, does not stop Anna from referring to herself as his wife - or treating him like a HenpeckedHusband. Indeed, she tends to henpeck ANY man who goes near her, recruiting Yoh's TrueCompanions to clean her house, do the shopping and cook for her, since she's busy making sure the laid-back Yoh doesn't slack off on his training! She has shades of a heroic LadyMacBeth too, in that she pushes Yoh towards his ambition of becoming the Shaman King - according to her, solely so that she can enjoy an easy life as the Shaman King's wife. Of course, in truth, [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther she really cares deeply for Yoh and has enormous faith in his abilities]]. Her henpecking is simply the only way for her to break through his lazy "It'll work out somehow" attitude and make him undertake the TrainingFromHell he genuinely needs in order to achieve his ambition.
* The ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' parody series ''KidouSenshiGundamSan'' portrays Char and Lalah's relationship like this.
* ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'' has Shiragami Genjirou, a 4-meter tall vampire with MonochromaticEyes, a scary aura, a scary voice, and a BadassBeard. His wife Touko is a sweet and loving human housewife, who protected his secret when they were at school and gently attends to his every needs. Incidentally, she occasionally threatens him with a stake, a katana or a crowbar when he fools around a bit too much (notably when he tries to drag their daughter Youko back home or tries [[OverprotectiveDad to get between her and Asahi]]), and he's utterly ''terrified'' of pissing her off. It's unknown whether she actually ''uses'' those tools though. She probably doesn't even need to.
-->'''Asahi:''' So... What did she do, yesterday?\\
'''Genjirou:''' She just sat smiling without saying a word...

* This is a staple of French cartoonist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Dubout Albert Dubout]]'s illustrations. He especially pushed the size difference to ExaggeratedTrope level, having the husbands being midgets compared to their huge, heavyset battleaxe wives with GagBoobs. [[http://www.art-objets.fr/espace/images/Photos_Produits/Objets_d_art/Dubout_DUBG_netw.jpg Observe.]]

* Ralphie May comments on this in quite a few of his shows, bringing it down to you having the choice of either being "happy, or right, gentlemen."

[[folder:Comic Books ]]
* General Alcazar from ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}''. He's a ruthless dictator and revolutionary but is completely submissive to his wife, whose temper is just as bad as his. The dissonance between his macho persona and his role in his marriage is PlayedForLaughs.
* A one-shot side story from Creator/WillEisner's ''ComicBook/TheSpirit'' has a man running away from his overbearing (and possibly abusive) wife just as a criminal IdenticalStranger is escaping from prison. The two agree to switch clothes, and the henpecked man is arrested and sent to solitary confinement -- which suits him just fine, because at least he's got some peace and quiet. The criminal, meanwhile, is found by the police and sent back to "his" wife, which apparently turns out to be a pretty severe punishment in its own right.
* Rajiv Bohdgi in the ''Yank Wilson'' story in the first issue of ''Next Issue Special''. His wife, hotel heiress Berlin Holiday, is a domineering shrew who rants and raves at him day and night. Bohdgi, it should be mentioned, is an infamous supervillain. After their marriage, his actions become wild, destructive, and unpredictable -- because he wants to be captured so he'll be taken away from his wife. Upon detaining him and learning all this, Yank Wilson has good news for the happy couple: they'll be sharing a cell in Fort Leavenworth.
* Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/{{Batman}}, of all characters, are portrayed in this manner in Bob Haney's "Super-Sons" stories in ''World's Finest Comics".
* In the German comic ''ComicBook/{{Werner}}'': Herr Hüpenbecker.
* Several couples in ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' fall under this. One particularly amusing example was in "The Stagecoach", where the poor guy can barely open his mouth without his wife telling him that's enough out of him. She's also proving far more competent than he is at shooting. But, surprisingly enough, winning several poker games made him far more assertive.
* This trope was made a central part of UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} reimagining of Franchise/ArchieComics' The Web as a superhero who constantly had to deal with his wife's constantly disapproving haranguing of being a superhero behind her back.
* ComicStrip/{{Nero}}: Meneer Pheip is literally chained to his wife and not allowed to go anywhere without her permission. He even has her last name instead of the other way around!
* In ''[[ComicBook/TheMultiversity Mastermen #1]]'', Overman's wife/consort, Lena, harbors no sympathy or compassion towards his feelings of guilt or the mourning of his cousin, and is more concerned with demanding he make more youth serum for her before she starts to age. Their relationship is even described as "loveless" and [[spoiler:one of the reasons for Overman's betrayal]].
* Chief Vitalstatistix in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' might be a veteran warrior, admired and respected by all, but he lives in perpetual fear of his tiny but ferocious wife, Impedimenta.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/USAcres'':
** [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1992-04-06 This worm was brave enough to fight Booker but cowers when his wife scolds him for being late for dinner.]]
** [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1997-09-01 Also, when a hole-to-hole salesworm shows up at a hole and asks if the worm who answered was "the man of the house"]], said worm responded "I'll get her."

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/BoysUndSenshado'', Miho's [[InvisibleParents father]] is implied to be this, as Miho says that "(her) mother runs the family and really dominates over (her) father." [[spoiler:Miho's father does, however, vocally object when his wife disowns Miho.]]
* The fact that he has something he calls a "husband voice" indicates that BJ likes to ''pretend'' to be this in the [[Fanfic/{{Cinderjuice}} Contractually Obligated Chaos]] series. He mostly uses it to say "Yes, dear." It's entirely a joke, however; the OfficialCouple is very HappilyMarried.
* Ed shows hints of being this in the Fanfic/ElementalChessTrilogy, but it's more of a RunningGag than anything.
* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': Shinji is this to Asuka even before getting married. Whatever she wanted, she eventually got it because he went along with everything. Touji lampshaded it in the fifth chapter:
-->'''Toji:''' (to Shinji) Not yet married, and she's already henpecking you…
* ''FanFic/TheSecondTry'':
** Shinji is quite passive and Asuka very domineering. Most of the time, Asuka makes plans and handles everything necessary while her husband follows her lead or makes whatever she commands. At one point after returning to the past, Touji thinks his best friend looks like a henpecked husband, not knowing how right he is.
--->'''Touji:''' Man, how can a guy be that henpecked?
** As seen during a flashback in ''[[Webcomic/AkiChansLife the sequel]]'', Gendo's reply to anything what his wife said was: "Yes, Yui", "Of course, Yui", "Whatever you say, Yui".
* In ''Fanfic/CodeGeassThePreparedRebellion'', Milly's father is utterly dominated by her mother. Considering said woman sees her as more as a political tool than her child, Milly dislikes them both.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun'', appropriately, has Mr. Tweedy in this role. His wife constantly berates him for his stupidity and never believes his claims [[CassandraTruth that the chickens are plotting to escape]]. In the end, [[spoiler:when Mrs. Tweedy's "chicken pie" plan backfires, he tells her, "I ''[[IToldYouSo told]]'' [[IToldYouSo you]] they was organised!"]]
* The King of Hearts in Creator/WaltDisney's version of ''Disney/AliceInWonderland''. He at least tries.
-->'''King:''' Consider, my dear. Uh... we called no witnesses... Uh... couldn't we... uh... maybe one or two? Ha? Maybe?\\
'''Queen:''' Oh, very well. But get on with it!
* In ''Disney/{{Fantasia}} 2000'''s "Rhapsody in Blue", one of the characters is a fun-loving husband who is forced to foot the bill and carry all of his wife's belongings, most of which are going to pamper her dog, who she seems to love more than him.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* A non-comedic example in ''Film/ScarletStreet'', where Creator/EdwardGRobinson's Chris is yelled at and pushed around by his domineering, shrewish wife. Chris's unhappiness in his marriage leads him into an affair, with tragic consequences.
* ''Film/RebelWithoutACause'' has Mr. Stark being unable to stand up to his wife as a significant character point for their kid. In one scene he even wears an apron. In the ''Fifties''.
* The entire premise of ''Film/{{Norbit}}''.
* The root of the character Bobby Davis in ''Film/WildHogs''.
* The landlord in ''Film/KungFuHustle''. To be fair, she was mad at him because he was cheating on her. But not that she is ever nicer to anyone else. Though him and the landlady are in fact HappilyMarried. [[spoiler:And both of them are kung fu experts.]]
* The BigBad of the second ''Film/SpyKids'' movie turns out to be like this. At the end, when his plans have finally caved: "Wait till I tell Mom you tried to take over the world [[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed again]]." He responds appropriately.
* In ''Madhouse'', Fred is henpecked until he decides to take a break from his wife. When he returns, he refuses to serve her and she accepts him as her equal.
* Used in Creator/JerryLewis' ''Film/TheNuttyProfessor'', where his own father is henpecked by his wife, seen in a flashback. It does change by the end of the film.
* Many old Creator/LaurelAndHardy comedies feature this trope.
* Creator/WCFields would either play a henpecked husband or a ConMan (usually a CardSharp) in his movies. In ''Film/ItsAGift'' he goes out to the front porch to sleep after his wife won't stop nagging at him at 4:30 am. In another she is still yelling at him as he leaves the room, and then she starts yelling about how she has to yell at him from another room.
* Dr. Ernest Menville from ''Film/DeathBecomesHer'', at least until he starts developing a spine. In fact, [[spoiler:he prefers suffering a near-fatal fall to being with his bothersome wife for the rest of his life]]. However, he is fairly tall and athletic, in contrast to the physically weak part of the trope. Also, he's played by Creator/BruceWillis
* Creator/ClaudeRains was nominated for an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for playing one in ''Film/MrSkeffington''.
* Murray Seidenbaum in ''Film/StayTuned''.
* Ryan O'Neal's character in ''Film/WhatsUpDoc''.
* Mac, Eddie's best friend in the 2007 version of ''Film/TheHeartbreakKid2007'' is a rather hypocritical version of this, as he constantly pressures Eddie to take the plunge and talks about how great married life is when he's clearly as whipped as a race horse. His [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Wicked Witch of the West]] ringtone for his wife is especially funny.
* The Yakuza boss in ''Film/TheMachineGirl'' is a complete sponge to his wife. She's the more dangerous of the two by far; he doesn't even want to punish the title character for her supposed misdeeds.
* The fourth story of ''Film/{{Creepshow}}'', "The Crate", has this in the form of Henry Northrup and his alcoholic wife Wilma ([[RunningGag but call her Billy, everyone does]]) to the point he imagines killing her several times. He eventually does kill by feeding her to monster in the title crate.
* One of these is a supporting character in ''Film/SevenFacesOfDrLao''; his wife becomes nicer after surviving being turned into stone by Medusa.
* ''Film/SchoolOfRock'' had this in the form of Ned Shneebly, who has a VERY domineering girlfriend that never hesitates to give him a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* In ''The Baker'' (a.k.a. ''Film/AssassinInLove''), a [[FatBastard fat slob of a woman constantly insults]] her meek husband, who [[WhatMeasureIsANonBadass doesn't have enough of a spine to defend himself.]] He turns out to be not so meek after all when he [[DisproportionateRetribution hires an assassin to have her dealt with.]]
* Creator/BusterKeaton's ''Film/ThreeAges'', during the scenes set in the 1920s. The father of the LoveInterest is one.
* Creator/ToshiroMifune's character in ''Film/SamuraiRebellion'', until he decides to stand up for himself.
* Creator/ToshiroMifune's character in ''Film/ThroeOfBlood'' is not such a lucky example, especially considering who he was based off of.
* Ned in ''Film/ImagineMeAndYou''.
-->'''Beth:''' So, Ned. How long have you guys been married, then?\\
'''Ned:''' Thirty Years.\\
'''Beth:''' (''tenderly'') Oh.\\
'''Ned:''' If I'd killed her when I first thought about it, I'd be out by now. A free man.
* In ''Film/PrincessORourke'', Eddie imagines that he will become this if he marries Maria.
* George Putnam in ''Amelia'' is more than a little like this. They remain HappilyMarried despite what the title character puts him through because he is something of a FoolForLove.
* PlayedForDrama in ''Film/TheFamilyThatPreys''. Andrea constantly belittles her husband and also rubs in his face the fact that she is a business woman and he is a construction worker.
* Nick starts out as this in ''Film/HotTubTimeMachine'', becoming a hyphenate (taking his wife's last name), giving up his dream of being a musician to please her, and [[spoiler:putting up with his wife cheating on him because he doesn't have the courage to confront her about it]].

* One HenpeckedHusband tells: "In my marriage, I make the big decisions -- what should be done about the Middle East, what the government should do about the debt... My wife makes the small decisions -- what car we should buy, what house we should buy..."
* Another one:
-->'''Henpecked Husband:''' In my family, everyone is commanding. My wife commands the servants. My kids command the dog.\\
'''Friend:''' And what about you?\\
'''Henpecked Husband:''' I care for the flowers.
* There are two gates for males to heaven. One reads "Men who are in charge", the other one reads "Men whose wives are in charge". There always is a long queue in front of the latter. One day, Peter noticed that there was one guy standing in front of the first gate. He asked "Why are you standing here?" The man answered: "My wife told me to stand here."
* "I always get the final word in any discussion. It's 'Yes, dear.'"

* In ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'', the King and Queen of Heart may either be this played straight or as an aversion. On one hand, the Queen domineers and frightens everyone and the fact that her husband pardons all the people she asks executed (at one point, ''everyone present except for her, her husband and Alice'') has to be kept secret. On the other hand, the King orders a few executions himself and is quite clearly the one heading the trial which ends the book, unlike how the Disney movie portrays it.
* Played with in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' - husbands are expected to be submissive to their wives, so nobody would find the HenpeckedHusband funny in comedy. On the other hand, Jerin's [[ExoticExtendedMarriage grandmothers]] are said to have been [[HenpeckedHusband Roosterpecked Wives]] - what grandpa wanted, grandpa got. His being an extremely handsome man [[spoiler: and prince of the realm]] ''may'' have had something to do with that. As Jerin recalls, his grandfather never had to resort to nagging, and the marriage was a happy one for all involved.
* In ''Literature/TheSilverChair'', the Black Knight is brainwashed into being [[SickeninglySweethearts utterly]][[ParentingTheHusband subservient]] to the Lady of the Green Kirtle. When Jill tells mentions people "don't think much of men who are bossed around by their wives" where she's from, he tells her she'll doubtless think differently when she's married herself. Jill finds this answer even more repulsive.
* Barry Hughart's novel ''Literature/BridgeOfBirds'' has the appropriately named Henpecked Hou. (The novel is an exhaustively well-researched fantasy set in "an ancient China that never was," and the Henpecked Husband is a StockCharacter in Chinese comedy.) Hou eventually has enough and [[BewareTheNiceOnes chops his wife to pieces with an axe]]. She ''really'' deserved it, though, for crimes much bigger than just being a nag.
* Many Creator/JamesThurber heroes.
** One of the more famous examples in literature is Walter Mitty from "Literature/TheSecretLifeOfWalterMitty", about a grown man escaping constantly into light-hearted fantasies to avoid his wife. There are some {{Alternate Character Interpretation}}s about both Mitty and his wife.
** A lesser-known but rather outrageous example is "Mr. Preble Gets Rid of His Wife", where the title character attempts to murder his wife so that he can run off with his secretary. He's so spineless that she stops him just by complaining... and then she starts yelling instructions for ''her own murder'' at him.
** Ironically, in reality Thurber was a documented serial wife abuser and general all-around unpleasant person. (It's very common for RealLife male domestic abusers to portray themselves as Henpecked Husbands -- and, often, even believe it's actually true -- which explains why they have to beat their awful, domineering wives in self-defense. On the other hand many abusive relationships are mutually abusive not a case of domineering spouse and doormat victim.)
* The original Literature/RipVanWinkle was trying to get a few moments' peace from his wife when he fell asleep.
* The tales of Creator/TheBrothersGrimm had a few examples of this. In "Literature/HanselAndGretel", it's the wife who badgers her husband into abandoning the title characters in the woods. In "The Fisherman and His Wife", the wife is constantly demanding her husband ask grander and grander wishes of the magic fish. Until said fish is fed up and takes everything back.
* Percy Hamleigh in ''Literature/ThePillarsOfTheEarth'' is thoroughly under the thumb of his wife, Regan.
* Every married man in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series has some degree of henpeckery going on. In Ebou Dar, women wear knives to slice up or murder their husbands when they misbehave.
* Mr. De Vil in Dodie Smith's ''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians''.
* Peter Jerzyk from Stephen King's ''Literature/NeedfulThings''.
* Arthur Weasley in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, though it's an affectionate kind and they are HappilyMarried.
* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'': Jerome Squalor. If the guy says anything that his (ex)wife [[RichBitch Esme]] doesn't like, he gets shot down faster than an enemy plane.
* Creator/AgathaChristie
** Inverted in ''The Hollow'', in which the rooster-pecked wife is utterly devoted to her husband, and is treated with the same mix of pity and contempt that the Henpecked Husband typically is.
** Dame Agatha also created several couples, usually American, in which the mercilessly talkative wife is waited on hand and foot by a compliant and apparently happy husband. Plus various husbands suspected (sometimes correctly) of doing away with disagreeable, domineering wives.
** Yahmose in ''Literature/DeathComesAsTheEnd''.
* Maroof the Cobbler from one Literature/ArabianNights story. Later however, TheDogBitesBack, if you know what I mean.
* In ''Literature/TheWitchOfBlackbirdPond'', Goodman Adam Cruff is very much under the thumb of his wife, so far as he doesn't dare speak against her abuse of their daughter...until at the end of the novel, that is.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** Sir Samuel and Lady Sybil Vimes are a played-with example, as is usual with this author. They're deeply in love, and Lady Sybil's "nagging" just makes sure he eats properly and occasionally gets a day off, whether he wants it or not -- which is something he actually needs, being an incredible {{Workaholic}}. Vimes' preferred method of arguing with her, however, is by ''exaggerating'' how henpecked he is until she feels guilty:
--->'''Sybil:''' And you will try to look dignified, won't you?\\
'''Vimes:''' Yes, dear.\\
'''Sybil:''' What will you try to look?\\
'''Vimes:''' Dignified, dear.\\
'''Sybil:''' And please try to be diplomatic.\\
'''Vimes:''' Yes, dear.\\
'''Sybil:''' What will you try to be?\\
'''Vimes:''' Diplomatic, dear.\\
'''Sybil:''' You're using your "henpecked" voice, Sam.\\
'''Vimes:''' Yes, dear.\\
'''Sybil:''' You know that's not fair.\\
'''Vimes:''' No, dear.
** In ''Discworld/NightWatch'', a minor character named Rutherford is overshadowed by his loud, domineering wife, who can be as snobbish as nobility. Vimes imagines that he's the sort who would not actually murder, but would happily imagine spousal homicide on a regular basis.
** From ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'': the Colonel, [[spoiler:though he unpecks himself at the end (and a AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther moment)]].
** In ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'', there's a guy who goes fishing every day because it keeps him out of reach of his wife, with whom he enjoyed six months of marital bliss. Some twenty years prior.
** ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'' shows that [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse War]] became this after marrying a retired Valkyrie, who keeps him from beer and red meat, threw all the undead warriors out of his longhouse, installed modern cooking appliances in place of the traditional fire pit, and insists that he wrap up warm and not exert himself when riding out to herald the end of the world. This is actually a plot point; each of the horsemen is shown to have picked up human traits over the course of their existence that prevents them from wanting to ride out, and in War's case this manifests as settling down, becoming soft, and coming to think himself susceptible to growing old and weak when he is immortal and shouldn't be able to.
** Arthur and Doreen Winking, aka The Count and Countess Notfaroutoe, in ''Discworld/ReaperMan''. He's a decidedly middle-class vampire who just wants a quiet life, she's a snobbish VampireVannabe who insists on him living up to the ClassicalMovieVampire image (except, of course, for the bit about young ladies).
* The Other Father from ''Literature/{{Coraline}}''. [[spoiler:To be fair, it's hard to stand up to your wife when she's a giant spider monster. (Who created you.)]]
* Harry Bannerman in ''Literature/RallyRoundTheFlagBoys'', a tired businessman who tries to achieve inebriation on the 5:29 train home because he knows what awaits him there. Not that he doesn't regret providing his wife with a nice house in {{Suburbia}} and three too-perfect sons (though all of these were really her plans, requiring no more than absent-minded consent from him), but he is rather more interested in sex, even after ten years of marriage, than the community issues she considers more important to married life.
* Henry Wilt in the ''Literature/{{Wilt}}'' series by Creator/TomSharpe fits this trope -- a college lecturer who has had any lingeing ambition crushed out of him by years of discouragement who is married to the awful Eva, a woman keen to relate her own disappointment in Henry at every possible moment. Physically, Henry and Eva Wilt also fit the TinyGuyHugeGirl trope: in line with Sharpe's female leads, Eva is an Earth Mother, a larger-than-life woman who does everything to excess, including motherhood -- she is mother to quad girls, also to Henry's discomfort. And they all take after Mum...
* Emmon Frey from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is dominated by his wife Genna Lannister, to the point where he allied himself with Genna's house during the War of the Five Kings when the rest of his family took up arms on Robb Stark's side.
* Creator/EphraimKishon in his satirical short stories, at least sometimes.
* Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: Played as straight as an arrow! ''Collateral Damage'' reveals that Karl Woodley has turned into this for his wife Paula Woodley. It's justified, because he was abusive and broke every bone in her body, and the Vigilantes broke every bone in his body in turn. Paula Woodley wants him to pay for all those wasted years! Unfortunately, this trope is not quite as justified with the relationships between the Vigilantes and their men.
* Varien pretends to this to amuse his wife Lanen at one point in ''Literature/TalesOfKolmar''. Really they are HappilyMarried; he tends to do as she says and their biggest argument in the trilogy happens when she tells him what she wants him to do and he immediately declares that he won't do it, but she doesn't order him around much.
* The elf king in ''Literature/{{Everworld}}''.
* In the Literature/VorkosiganSaga, there is a legend that Emperor Dorcas's [[TheDragon Dragon]] [[NamesToRunAwayfromReallyFast "Pierre le Sanguinaire"]] was only afraid of two people, the Emperor and his wife. And some were doubtful about the Emperor.
* In ''Literature/{{Demons}}'' by Creator/FyodorDostoevsky, Anton von Lembke is a spineless doormat for his wife and is generally a weak-willed person. The narrator says with total contempt that he was a virgin when he married his wife, while she wasn't.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'': Nels Oleson. Several episodes capture this quite well, but none so much as "Second Spring," from Season 6. While certainly not without his own faults, Harriet constantly undermines his authority, she bickers to him about everything and his two children are spoiled to the core.
* ''Series/AllInTheFamily'': How Archie Bunker thinks of himself: A flighty Dingbat of a wife that doesn't jump at his every command and drives him crazy with her yapping; a Meathead of a son-in-law that argues with him about everything; and his liberal Little Goil who would rather emulate Creator/JaneFonda or Gloria Steinem than "know her place" in society.
* In the first half of the show, Pete Campbell of ''Series/MadMen'' was about as far from this as can be in the first two or three seasons, as can be seen in "[[Recap/MadMenS2E12TheMountainKing The Mountain King]]" and "[[Recap/MadMenS2E5TheNewGirl The New Girl]]". However, towards the end (last two episodes) of season three and then on, his wife Trudy becomes very nagging of the man.
* A RunningGag in ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' is that Roseanne is the head of the family and pushes her husband Dan around. Or, in her own words, "I don't push Dan around. I am trying to put him in touch with his submissive side."
* ''Series/RumpoleOfTheBailey'': Rumpole calls his wife She Who Must Be Obeyed, but their relationship is this trope inverted; while she often bosses him about and has the apparent upper hand, he's usually manipulating her or undermining her anyway.
* The entire premise of the 1970s Britcom ''Lollipop Loves Mr. Mole'', with the fearsome Peggy Mount bossing around the meek and mild Hugh Loyd.
* ''Series/KeepingUpAppearances'' (pictured, above) beat this to death, then resurrected it to beat it some more.
* ''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine'', also written by Roy Clarke, also featured this trope in abundance, usually paired with the show's powerful {{Apron Matron}}s. With the exception of the main trio of bachelors[=/=]widowers[=/=]divorcees, almost every man in the programme was this, particularly [[YourCheatingHeart Howard Sibshaw]], who was so terrified of his wife Pearl that he never got around to any actual philandering with Marina; Wesley Pegden, whose wife Edie was a sort of prototype for Hyacinth Bucket of ''Series/KeepingUpAppearances''; and Wally Batty, who was married to the most MemeticBadass on the programme, the legendary battleaxe Nora Batty.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Subverted with Chandler after he marries Monica. He's happy letting Monica take control with the little things that he doesn't care about, but when big issues arise, (e.g. moving in together, planning for their wedding, new jobs, having children), they make decisions fairly, with a balanced, give-and-take dynamic. He's just a lot more relaxed and doesn't care how the crockery is organized.
* Hal from ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' seems like an example, as Lois is pretty clearly the one in charge in their marriage. However, Lois doesn't boss him around for fun, just to make sure that nobody ends up in prison, the hospital, or the morgue. In episodes that have Lois going out of town without the family, [[BumblingDad he does things like]] tear down the outer wall of their bedroom, or build a killer robot with a laser-guided bee cannon.
* "Harcourt Fenton Mudd, you dirty, rotten lazy--" "SHUT UP!" "--[[LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand thing... thing... thing...]]" In "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E8IMudd}} I, Mudd]]" from the original ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'', con man Harry Mudd, trapped on a world of mostly obedient androids, has them create a duplicate of his nagging wife, who he reveals he was running from; only ''this'' version had an "off" switch. After the ''Enterprise'' crew frees itself, they leave Mudd on the planet with 500 more copies of his nagging wife -- ''without'' the "off" switch -- as punishment for his misdeeds.
* Niles, from ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', when it came to Maris. Originally it was just played for comedy but, after he got a bit of CharacterDevelopment, they got some pretty good emotional moments from it too (this also came with some characterization from Maris, who went from "selfish but oblivious" to downright spiteful.) Niles is quite weak-willed, so it's no wonder that his utterly monstrous first wife [[TheGhost Maris]], his second wife Mel, ''and'' [[spoiler: his later-to-become third wife]] Daphne trample him on a daily basis.\\\
However, between leaving Maris and marrying Mel, he has had quite a bit of CharacterDevelopment and learned to be much more independent and to take on more challenges. Thus, when Mel comes around, it is hard for him to slip back into the HenpeckedHusband position. When [[spoiler: he goes through his long separation from Mel before their divorce is finalized]] he is increasingly stressed out by her controlling manipulations and continued refusal to [[spoiler: finalize the divorce, probably largely to punish Daphne]]. It is a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when he finally stands up to her -- publicly, no less -- and she is forced to acknowledge their agreement. By the time he [[spoiler: gets involved with Daphne]], he is still the same person and so very indulgent and in some cases weak-willed, but their relationship is nowhere near the imbalance of power that he had with his previous partners, and when they argue he is able to hold his own ground rather than just bribing her, begging to her, or giving in to whatever she wants.
* Marcy D'Arcy was like this with both of her husbands on ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', with hilarious results.
* Jerry Leadbetter in ''Series/TheGoodLife''; however, unlike most examples, he doesn't hesitate to put his foot down when he needs to.
* Greg Warner on ''Series/YesDear'' is this, complete with a classic DoubleStandard: if he even ''tries'' to put his own comfort first or asks Kim to give in during an argument even once, he's portrayed as selfish. But Kim gets to badger him mercilessly all she wants.
** He actually uses his status as a HenpeckedHusband to fix a problem that his wife couldn't. After their living room is redecorated by a professional, Kim notices a large flaw that she expects the decorator to fix. When he doesn't return her calls, she proceeds to leave hundreds of angry and threatening messages. Greg finally gets the guy to fix it by explaining that Kim is insufferable because of this, making Greg's life a living hell (the guy fixes the problem out of solidarity). When Kim finds out, she's initially angry, but then calms down when he points out that his approach worked.
* The famous ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS1E8TimeEnoughAtLast Time Enough At Last]]" had the banker's wife refuse to let her husband read, at all, to the point where she won't let him read the condiment bottles at the dinner table and eventually rips up his poetry. Why she does this is never explained, and nobody cries when the bomb hits. (Well, not for ''her'' at least.)
* Trey in ''Series/NoahsArc'' increasingly becomes this as Alex's demanding nature is highlighted as the first season progresses. Interestingly, rather than being PlayedForLaughs its taken as a serious relationship issue (for which they even go to counseling).
* Spoofed in the ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episode in which Kramer pretends to have a real corporate job for about a week. Jerry falls into the role of nagging HouseWife.
* Jon Gosselin from ''Series/JonAndKatePlusEight'' was frequently portrayed as this on ''TheSoup''. Once news broke of what their relationship was ''really'' like offscreen, Joel [=McHale=] noted that the show was "[[FunnyAneurysmMoment just kind of sad now]]."
* A droll ''Creator/AlfredHitchcock'' episode starred Bob Newhart as a henpecked husband who orchestrates a clever plan to get rid of his wife -- unfortunately for him, he goes straight from the frying pan to... another frying pan.
* Basil Fawlty from ''Series/FawltyTowers''. As he is perhaps ''the'' archetypal UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist, we laugh even harder at his misfortune.
* Rory of ''Series/DoctorWho''. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] at his wedding in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang The Big Bang]]":
-->'''The Doctor:''' From now on, I'll leave all the kissing to the brand new Mr. Pond.\\
'''Rory:''' Wait, what? No, I'm not Mr. Pond, [[TheMaidenNameDebate that's not how it works.]]\\
'''The Doctor:''' Yeah it is.\\
'''Rory:''' ...yeah it is.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar A Good Man Goes to War]]"...
-->(''banging on door'')\\
'''Amy:''' Who's that? Who's there? You watch it, because I am armed and really dangerous, and... cross.\\
'''Rory:''' Yeah, like I don't know that.
** However, they do genuinely love each other; Rory's pretty badass himself, just not as dominant a personality as Amy is, so he's content to let her take the lead.
* Ray from ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'', who went from being controlled by his [[MyBelovedSmother mother Marie]] to being bossed around by his physically and verbally abusive wife Debra. Debra virtually lives on the DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale trope. She attempts to control every aspect of his life (she even tells him when he's "allowed" to hang out with his friends, while she hangs out with her own friends whenever she wants) and she is infuriated whenever he attempts to rebel. In one episode, it is revealed that she even convinced the poor man's own children to look at him with contempt.
* Pete Cavanaugh and Ed Montgomery from ''Series/DharmaAndGreg''.
* ''Series/TheSopranos''. Tony Soprano's late father, according to Tony:
-->'''Tony:''' Now that my father's dead, he's a saint. When he was alive, nothing. And my dad was tough. He ran his own crew. A guy like that, and my mother wore him down to a little nub. He was a squeaking little gerbil when he died.
* Brett from ''Series/KathAndKim'' gets treated quite horribly by Kim, to the point where it becomes completely understandable why he eventually cheats on her.
* George Mainwaring in ''Series/DadsArmy'' acts like the tough, hard-hearted and indomitable bank manager and Home Guard platoon captain, but one phone-call from his never-seen wife Elizabeth can reduce him to complete spinelessness. While it's often played for laughs, a touch of melancholia was injected with the all-but-outright-stated implication that his fanatical devotion to the Home Guard is because it gives him not just power and authority in the town but because it gets him away from her and gives him validation he is sorely lacking from her.
* In one episode of ''Series/TheColbertReport'', Stephen Colbert discusses the new evidence that {{Jesus}} might have had a wife.
-->'''Colbert:''' You know things are gonna change, when I go to confess my sins, you know he's gonna tell her, you can't have secrets in a marriage [...] Oh, and listen up, he can forget that beard and the robe. From now on it is clean-shaven and a polo shirt. And when he comes again in glory it's gonna be in a minivan.
* A very common sight in ''Series/TheBennyHillShow'', usually with Benny as the Henpecked Husband (and more often than not, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Todd Bob Todd]] in drag as the nagging wife). Up to and including [[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Dr. Jekyll]] and {{Dracula}} (married to the Film/BrideOfFrankenstein) in the "Wonder Gran" skits.
* In ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'', it's revealed that villain Gyp Rossetti is henpecked by his entire family of bossy women. When one of his stooges is about to leave, Gyp glares at him to force him to stay so that Gyp won't be left alone with the women.
* In ''Series/LoisAndClark'', Lois ends up in a parallel world where Clark's parents died in a car accident, and he ended up marrying Lana Lang, who strictly forbid him from using his powers. Yes, Superman can't be Superman because his wife won't let him. Luckily, Lois changes all this and creates this world's version of Superman. Actually, the lack of Superman was why Tempus chose this reality in the first place.
* Denzil from ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' was one, before his wife Corrine left him.
* Amusingly, General Martok of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', who is both clearly in love with, and obviously completely terrified of, his wife Lady Sirella. This deserves emphasis: This is a man who won a battlefield commission and made it to flag rank despite being blacklisted from the Klingon military by Kor, and earlier in the series [[spoiler:survived for over a year in a [[TheEmpire Dominion]] POWCamp]], and yet it appears the one thing that scares him is his ''wife''. See this exchange from "You Are Cordially Invited", when Worf wants Martok to put in a good word for Jadzia with Sirella:
--> '''Martok:''' That's not such a good idea. I ... don't want her to think that I'm ... interfering in her domain.
* On ''Series/GoodEats'', Alton attempts to appease a giant with his green-bean casserole after an incident involving [[JackAndTheBeanstalk a magic beanstalk]]. The giant enjoys it, saying it's better than the one his wife makes, then two seconds later is responding to his nagging wife offscreen.
* ''Series/{{Pizza}}'' Habib was this when he married Toula.
** There's also this guy from Beafeater Street where his wife was mad at him for giving her the meat pizza (she is a vegetarian) and they got a divorce.
* ''Series/{{Arabela}}'' has ''two'': Blekota, a bumbling devil married to a fiery redhead (although they are [[HappilyMarried happily married]]) and Vilibald, who was not so lucky in his marriage with [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen princess]] [[RichBitch Xenia]].

* Sean Morey's "The Man Song" is all about this trope.
* In Music/PinkFloyd's ''Music/TheWall'', the school teacher in "The Happiest Days of our Lives":
-->''When they got home at night, their fat and\\
Psychopathic wives would thrash them\\
Within inches of their lives.''
** This is also highlighted in the film version where the teacher is forced to eat a bad piece of meat by his wife, after which the film cuts to him taking out his aggression by spanking a student, and later in "The Trial" where the main character, Pink's, embellished, imaginary version of the school teacher appears as a marionette controlled by his wife.
* Music/GreatBigSea's rendition of "Scolding Wife".
-->''And if the devil would take her\\
I'd thank him for his pain\\
I swear to God I'll hang meself if I get married again''
* "My Wife", by Music/TheWho. The singer feels compelled to find "a black belt judo expert with a machine gun", among other things, to protect him from the little woman.
* "Oh my commanding wife, she want to destroy my life." -- Los Rabanes
* Music/RicardoArjona 's song, "El demonio en casa" talks about a man convincing a girl to move with him, and regreting it when she forbids him from going out with his friends and inviting her mother to dinner, among other things.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* OlderThanFeudalism: In Myth/GreekMythology, one version of the Amazons had the men do all the housework and cleaning, being treated as lower than dirt all the while. The Amazon stories were generally told as moralizing inversions of patriarchal Greek life, [[ValuesDissonance possibly to emphasize how horrible women's rights would be.]]

* [[Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}} Frankenstien's Monster]] is implied to be one in ''Pinball/MonsterBash''; the Film/BrideOfFrankenstein's mode is called "Ball & Chain", during which she repeatedly hits him in the head with a FryingPanOfDoom.
-->'''Bride of Frankenstein:''' How's ''this'' for a kiss? ''*CLONK!*''

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Drew [=McIntyre=] and Wrestling/TarynTerrell apparently had this kind of relationship. They got unwanted police attention, which was described as domestic abuse against Drew by a woman half his size, which led Wrestling/{{WWE}} to canning her... and then trying to do an angle about it with Wrestling/KellyKelly in Terrell's place.
* Some wrestlers have alluded to Wrestling/JohnMorrison and Wrestling/{{Melina}} Perez being like this, some seemingly in good fun, such as Wrestling/LondonAndKendrick, who still hang out, others not so much... the relationship depicted on set sometimes veered this way too but Johnny Nitro did have his limits. At other times though it veered toward SickeningSweethearts.
* Wrestling/VinceMcMahon and his wife Linda. While Vince does want he wants most of the time, appeal to Linda and he'll yield to her demands. Linda is usually the one who talked him out of doing the incest angles he'd been trying for years, up until the change to PG ended it for good.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Denis Thatcher in ''Series/SpittingImage''.
* ''Series/LesGuignolsDeLInfo'': How François Hollande is treated by his domestic partner, Valérie Trierweiler. He can't make a decision without her consent, and she even replaced him in an interview, implying that she is [[TheManBehindTheMan the Woman behind the Man]]. Oh, and she owns the launching codes for France's nuclear weapons. One sketch had UsefulNotes/BarackObama give the Top Five reasons she's running the show after a dinner with them, including "[[StayInTheKitchen When dinner's over, he gets up to go do the dishes!]]"

* ''Radio/FibberMcGeeAndMolly'' had Wallace Wimple and Sweetie Face; we never hear from the wife, but apparently she's terrifying, and "Wimp" often puts Sweetie Face in situations [[ComedicSociopathy likely to kill her]] -- it never works. He was so iconic, that for years after, any character appearing in a cartoon from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation that copied his distinct voice and mannerisms could safely be assumed to be hen-pecked without further evidence.
* Dylan Thomas managed this ''twice'' in ''Theatre/UnderMilkWood''.
** The Pughs -- Mrs Pugh nags and Mr Pugh reads books called ''Lives of the Great Poisoners''.
** Mrs Ogmore-Pritchard bosses both her ''dead'' husbands. Yes, there's no escape.
* Swedish character Lille Fridolf, who started in radio and moved on to films and comics, was thoroughly dominated by his wife Selma, with Selma frequently swinging a rolling pin or other household object at Fridolf.
* John Bickerson of ''The Bickersons'' is constantly henpecked by his wife, Blanche. Unlike most in this trope, John snarks right back at her; the Battles Royale between them is the point of the show.
* Both husbands in Sue Limb's parody of the Bloomsbury Set, ''Gloomsbury''. One episode starts with Vera Sackcloth-Vest allowing her husband into her bed because it's cold, then warning him that if he keeps making a fuss, he'll be back in his kennel. Vera and Henry do get AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther moments (Ginny and Lionel Fox not so much), although Henry is well aware she probably loves Ginny more.

* Senex in ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'' is dominated by his wife, appropriately named Domina. (She gets it from her mother, it seems.)
* Brian in ''Theatre/AvenueQ'', though it's a possible [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] since there's no indication that he actually ''minds'' it.
* Thenardier to some extent in ''Theatre/LesMiserables''. This is in contrast to the novel, in which it's exactly the opposite.
* Clyde from ''TheWitchesOfEastwick''. Ends up killing her with a frying pan. With her dying breath, she jams his tie in the garbage disposal and hits on.
* The title character in Creator/{{Shakespeare}}'s ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}''.
* Inverted in Shakespeare's ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew'', in which a woman is psychologically abused into submission. Oh, and it was originally ''playing this for laughs''.
* ''Theatre/{{Arcadia}}'' features Lady Croom, a noblewoman who rules over her husband so much you have to wonder if she's instated some sort of matriarchy in Sidley Park.
* Daddy in Edward Albee's ''The American Dream''.
* Andrey Pozorov in Creator/AntonChekhov's ''Theatre/ThreeSisters''.
* Chrysale in Creator/{{Moliere}}'s ''Theatre/TheLearnedLadies'', although he gets better as the play progresses.
* In Dylan Thomas' ''Theatre/UnderMilkWood'' we have Mr. Pugh and the ghosts of Mrs. Ogmore-Pritchard's two late husbands (Mr. Ogmore & Mr. Prichard); in the latter case, she continues to bully them even after they're dead!
* Amos from ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}'' is more henpecked in the original play, where he faithfully supplies alibis and money to a wife who cheats on him and treats him with contempt. He does consider divorce when he hears the news that she's about to have a baby, which he's sure couldn't be his, but is soon brought around to reconsidering.
* In ''Theatre/AnyoneCanWhistle'', Hapgood interrogates a couple named John and June who behave like this aside from not being married. They can't get married because John can't support June on his income, which is far less than hers, and they don't want to make John a HouseHusband because "a woman's place is in the home."
* ''Theatre/CraigsWife'': The whole plot concerns Harriet's efforts to turn Walter into this. She's frozen out his friends and circumscribed his behavior within the home. When Walter finally catches on he leaves her in order to avoid becoming this.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* When Super Arrow from ''VideoGame/FZero'' proposed to Mrs. Arrow, he took too long to get to the point, so she ''ordered'' him to marry her. He even gets an ''allowance'' from her.
** The allowance is actually TruthInTelevision for Japan, as there are no [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joint_account joint banking accounts]] in Japanese banking. Therefore husbands usually have their pay deposited in their wife's accounts so she can pay the bills, buy food, etc. After it is deposited, she usually gives him an allowance. The term for this is [[http://kotaku.com/the-world-of-japanese-husband-salaries-506417591 "okozukai"]] (お小遣い).
* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire''
** Henpecked Hou. He's a homage to the one in ''Bridge of Birds'' (see under Literature, above).
** Also the farmer you meet in the swamp very early on.
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate''
** Khalid, who speaks in a PorkyPigPronunciation, and his wife Jaheira: he's perfectly happy with the situation, and the backstory reveals that his personality was like that long before he met her. They're HappilyMarried precisely because Jaheira's willingness to take charge gives him the kind of emotional support he needs.
** The sequel has an NPC nobleman found inside the Copper Coronet, who has a wife of this kind: He's hiding from her in the back room of the establishment, along with the "escorts". The player character can force a confrontation between the two, which will lead to a CatFight to the death between the wife and one of the prostitutes who is smitten with the nobleman.
* ''VideoGame/SilentHillShatteredMemories'', depending on the ending you get, [[TheHero Harry Mason]] may be potrayed as this. [[spoiler:It's Deconstructed horrifyingly in the ending with this, however, and not played for laughs.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' has Hix from the first and second game.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', if Alistair was romanced by the Female Human Noble and later [[spoiler:became King]], his cameo in [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII the sequel]] makes it ''very'' clear just who wears the trousers in their relationship;
-->'''Alistair:''' Just because she killed an Archdemon, doesn't mean she scares ''me!''\\
'''Teagan:''' You just keep ''telling'' yourself that, [[spoiler: Your Majesty]]!
* Among the colorful assortment of individuals you meet in Ordon Village during the prologue of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' are Sera and Hanch. Hanch is a rather diminutive man who is always hunched forward and seems rather morose who owns the town's general store. That being said, his wife, Sera, is the one who handles the actual sales. It's also heavily implied that she cares far more for her cat than her husband, and she constantly makes comments about her "good for nothing husband."
** Mayor Dotour from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', to the point that he's willing to ignore the town guards' pleas to evacuate the remaining citizens because the stubborn carnival leader threatened to bring his wife into the argument. Keep in mind there's a ''[[ColonyDrop giant moon about to crash into the town.]]''
** The potion store couple in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' features one who toils all day at the cauldron and takes their baby outside at night so as not to wake his wife.
* Mrs. Loomis, the unseen wife of sex-starved Deputy Loomis in ''VideoGame/{{Harvester}}'', exaggerates this to a disturbing degree, beating him bloody with a broomstick if she ever catches him with dirty magazines (or hears about him even ''asking'' about them.) Like nearly everything else in the game, though, it's still played for ''very'' BlackComedy.
* Abbot Hugo in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV''. Being the SmugSnake he is, he resorts to invoking IHaveThisFriend while privately requesting some wine his wife demanded.
* Sima Yi in ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' is a brilliant and spectacularly arrogant military leader. Despite this he's absolutely terrified of his wife, Zhang Chunhua. She's perhaps the only thing Sima Yi fears and one stern look is enough to silence him in her presence.
* In ''VideoGame/CaptainMorganeAndTheGoldenTurtle'', Thomas Briscoe does seem to care for his wife, but the fact that he left without explaining where he was going is probably understandable once we meet her. She's less worried about his safety (on an expedition that the whole world considers foolhardy) than outraged that he embarrassed her with his absence at dinner with the Hamiltons.
* In ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'', Yandere-chan's father has trouble standing up to his wife, even when she takes him on a ten-week trip to America before their daughter starts school. [[spoiler:The Basement Tapes reveal it's less him being henpecked, and more him having StockholmSyndrome.]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Battler implies that this is the sort of relationship his father and stepmother, Rudolph and Kyrie, have in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''. Battler also considers his father an [[ParentingTheHusband irresponsible, philandering manchild]], so he doesn't really mind that his stepmom "has an iron grip on [Rudolph's] balls", as he puts it.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Lenny frequently bows to Julie's wishes in ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure''. She's not a nag at all and a rather good person, though, so it's rather for the best. Indeed, WordOfGod is that Lenny's CharacterAlignment moved from Neutral to Good under Julie's influence.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebVideo/BiteMe'', Lauren forces her boyfriend Mike to work out in order to get any. Even during the ZombieApocalypse, she's constantly bugging him about moving out to their own home, away from Jeff and Greg.
* Donnie [=DuPre=] in ''WebVideo/DemoReel''. He tries to make everyone think he's committing FinancialAbuse by leeching off her paycheck, but it's quickly revealed to us that she's cold, distant and emotionally stonewalls him until he leaves her alone.
* Gunny from ''WebAnimation/TheDamnFew.''
* The AbridgedSeries ''WebOriginal/UltraFastPony'' portrays Wonderbolt's captain [[AdaptationalVillainy Spitfire]], as constantly belittling her husband [[TheWoobie Soren]] to the point of abuse. [[AbusiveParent Her mothering skills aren't much better.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' have an inversion of the trope in Sally Impossible. Richard Impossible acts like the worst sort of cold, jealous, [[ControlFreak controlling]] bastard, keeping his wife shut up indoors at all times so the disfiguring condition ''he inflicted on her'' won't embarrass him. This is portrayed as pretty clearly [[DomesticAbuse abusive]] and disturbing, but on the other hand, it's PlayedForLaughs at the same time. Sally is much more sympathetic than her husband, but she's also portrayed as sort of comically pathetic in much the same way the classic male Henpecked Husband is. In fact, she's possibly even more absurdly spineless -- she throws herself at any male character she meets, begging them to take her away from Richard, but makes no attempt to leave him ''without'' another man to take care of her. She eventually gets up the courage to leave him and is shown in a much healthier relationship with JJ Venture.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Homer Simpson sometimes slips into this, but since he's by far the most extreme example of the BumblingDad, it's hard to imagine how the family could possibly function otherwise.
** Creator/RickyGervais played one in the ''Simpsons'' episode he guest starred in and wrote, "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS17E15HomerSimpsonThisIsYourWife Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife]]". His character Charles Heathbar is married to a domineering woman named Verity, and then when Charles gets paired with Marge on a Wife Swap-esque show, he falls in love with her, but eventually gets over it and separates from his wife.
** There's another humorous version in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E13TwoBadNeighbors Two Bad Neighbors]]", where former President George H.W. Bush (the first one) and his wife Barbara move to Springfield and buy a house across the street from the Simpsons. When Bush spanks Bart for shredding his memoirs, he provokes an EscalatingWar between himself and Bart and Homer, which culminates in Bush and Homer having a fistfight in front of Bush's house just as former Russian Premier Mikhail Gorbachev has stopped by to give a housewarming present. Fed up with the whole conflict, Barbara orders her husband to apologize to Homer.
--->'''George:''' But Bar, [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar we can't show any weakness in front of the Russians]]!\\
'''Barbara:''' (''glaring at him with her arms crossed'') '''GEORGE...'''\\
'''George:''' (''grumbling under his breath'') Yes, dear.\\
(''Gorbachev smiles evilly and says something in Russian to his aide'')
* Used several times in ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** The early Daffy Duck cartoon ''The Henpecked Duck'' did this with a wife, complete with him being the one forced to sit on the egg being hatched. ("Yesth, m'love!")
** Daffy is also married to a battleaxe in the later shorts ''His Bitter Half'' and ''Quackodile Tears''.
** In ''WesternAnimation/HoneysMoney'', Yosemite Sam marries a rich widow and quickly turns into the trope, having to do all the chores around the house.
** At the end of the early WesternAnimation/BugsBunny short ''Hold the Lion, Please'', after Bugs makes fun of a Lion named Leo whose wife calls him up and orders him home, aborting their chase, a Mrs. Bugs Bunny suddenly shows up and demonstrates that she's the one who [[VisualPun wears the pants]] in the family.
** ''Life with Feathers'' involves a lovebird who's so fed up with his domineering wife that he attempts to commit suicide by having Sylvester the Cat eat him.
** Foghorn Leghorn is literally henpecked in a one-shot short where his wife demands he sit on the nest and watch the egg while she's off enjoying herself. He calls her "Dream Boat" to her face, but quickly changes it to "Tug Boat" behind her back. By the end of the cartoon, she's [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale beaten him unconscious]].
** The first Pepe [=LePew=] short, ''Odor-able Kitty'', has Pepe turn out to be one of these... and we learn that he's actually an American skunk named Henry!
** ''Porky's Romance'', the first appearance of "Petunia Pig" in a Warner short, ran on this trope. Porky buys a box of chocolates to propose to Petunia and is thwarted by Petunia's annoying little dog repeatedly, as well as Petunia, who seems only interested in wanting to eat the chocolates. Porky, heartbroken, attempts suicide ([[ValuesDissonance aren't old cartoons grand?]]), but ends up hitting his head and imagines marrying Petunia and a sexy honeymoon period. After a "[[IncrediblyLamePun Time Munches On!]]" title card, Petunia and her dog are shown stretched out on the couch, fat as houses, and happily gorging themselves on seemingly infinite boxes of chocolates strewn all about the house while Porky slaves away in the kitchen doing all the cooking and cleaning and caring for the children while [[LargeAndInCharge Petunia bosses him around]]. One really does have to wonder how the writers of this one viewed marriage, and if they knew that chocolate is lethal to dogs. Porky gets better. Waking from the nightmare, he runs away, returning only to take back his chocolates and give the dog a deserving kick in the rear!
** In ''The Hole Idea'' the inventor of the PortableHole is one of these. At the end of the story, she talks about how fed up she is with all his "useless inventions" and declares that [[TemptingFate "One of us has got to go!"]] So he drops her down one of his holes. Unfortunately, {{Satan}} pops up with his wife in tow from the very bowels of Hell, and moans "[[TooSpicyForYogSothoth Isn't it bad enough down here without her?!]]"
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', [[DrillSergeantNasty Jorgen]] is brought to his knees by The Tooth Fairy. On live TV, no less.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Molotov is domineered by his wife, which offsets his DrillSergeantNasty persona at work.
* A staple of ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'', which tended to follow [[Series/TheHoneymooners the source material]] very closely in this respect -- minus the obvious underlying affection. Sadly, Cosmo Spacely has his own power issues in dealing with '''HIS''' spouse! Seems like what Spacely gives to Jetson at work, Spacely gets at home! CallItKarma.
* In one of the Clyde Crashcup shorts in ''WesternAnimation/TheAlvinShow'', called “Crashcup Invents a Wife” named Pictorial. Their relationship turns out like this, and Clyde eventually reaches the breaking point:
-->'''Clyde:''' Now look here, Pictorial, my patience is wearing thin. [[ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder I am a scientist, not a chambermaid]]. Leonardo is my able assistant, and I demand that you release him this instant. Your presence is this household has become unbearable! ''Do I make myself clear??''\\
'''Pictorial:''' ...You all through?\\
'''Clyde:''' ...Yes, Pictorial, sweetheart.
* On ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', there is the recurring character, a meek man who is always shown being berated by his wife, usually for forgetting a key component of a new business venture (like buying a rabbit farm but no rabbits). To complete the RunningGag, the missing component falls out of the sky, usually due to [[MadScientist Doofenshmirtz]] and [[AnimalSuperhero Perry's]] antics. [[ThrowTheDogABone Normally landing on top of the wife, to her husband's amusement.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'':
** A rather unfunny version with Clay and Bloberta, the latter of whom practically forced him to be his wife after being emotionally abused by her mother. The sad thing is they were actually hitting it off when they first met, with Clay a devout religious man. However she had to introduce him to alcohol and it went downhill from there till both were stuck in a loveless marriage with two kids.
** Bloberta's father Raymond was also shown to be this, with her mother being overbearing towards her as well. Raymond was implied to actually be sympathetic and helpful towards Bloberta, but was too much this trope to be able to.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmoggies'': Clarence is this to Emma.
* Pongo from ''101 Dalmatians: The Series'' is this in the episode, "Splishing and Splashing". Perdita forbids the pups from going to a pond on a hot summer day until they apologize to Lucy. Pongo asks her if that seems to harsh but he quickly knuckles down when she glares at him. And when they leave, Perdita dismisses Pongo when he comments that he hates being tough on the pups.
* Inverted on ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' with Oskar and Suzie. Oskar constantly nags Suzie to do things for him while he doesn't help out with any chores.
* 1973/74 ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' episode "The Mysterious Moles". Maximums Mole is very weak-willed and dominated by his wife Minimus Mole. She's about twice his size, has a loud voide and regularly insults and demeans him.
* Ed Bighead is constantly bossed around by his wife Bev in ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife''. She is the only person (well, [[FunnyAnimal toad]]) that he fears. His hot-headed personality makes it hard to feel too sorry for him. The fact that she's much nicer than him ([[DependingOnTheWriter most of the time]]) doesn't help either.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' we have Oberon, Lord of the Fae. He is often seen being either manipulated or "requested" by his wife, Titania. A line of dialogue explains it nicely.
-->'''Titania:''' You have nothing to fear from him. On Avalon, Oberon's word is law.\\
'''Princess Catherine:''' Does that mean he's always right?\\
'''Titania:''' Not while he's married.
* Shaggy's father, Colton, is this in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryInc''. He's quiet and timid in response to his wife.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheHairBearBunch''
** The episode "King Klong vs. the Masked Marvel" has an obese battleaxe in the sports arena audience who volunteers her milquetoast husband Herbert into fighting the Masked Marvel.
--->'''Wife:''' Herbert, I need a new fur coat. So get up there and win that money!\\
'''Herbert:''' But, poopsie...\\
'''Wife:''' Don't "poopsie" me, you spineless wonder! (''to ring announcer'') Hey, hold it! Here's somebody to fight that big tub of lard!\\
'''Announcer:''' You're big enough, madam, but it's against the rules for women to wrestle ag--\\
'''Wife:''' Not me, dum-dum! (''holds up Herbert'') Him!!
** It nearly happens to Mr. Peevly in "Bridal Boo Boo." The bears send his name into a singles club and a similarly obese battleaxe named Bertha shows up. She henpecks Peevly, Botch and all the other zoo animals as well, going so far as to make Hair Bear keep his afro combed straight and neat.
* One ''Creator/FamousStudios'' cartoon "Sudden Fried Chicken" dealt with Herman the mouse saving his friend Henry the rooster from his abusive domineering wife who constantly beats him and tells him how worthless he is, when Herman sees how well he takes her beatings and enters him in a boxing match.
* The Scotsman from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' is absolutely lorded over by his even bigger and more violent wife. And if the giant smile is any indication, he loves every minute of it.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': Finn becomes Marceline's henchman and is forced to do morally ambiguous things as a result. While helping Marceline "feed" on an old man (she actually just sucks the color red out of his bowtie), the following exchange occurs:
-->'''Finn:''' I'm sorry, sir. I'm bound by my code of honor to do what she says.\\
'''Old Man:''' I understand, son. I was married myself once.\\
'''Finn:''' Wait, we're not married!
* Howard [=DeVille=] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' is the submissive one of the family, thought it's worth pointing out that his wife Betty isn't abusive or commanding, just boisterous, and she actively encourages him to stick up for himself.
* The WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck cartoon "Donald's Diary" has Don dreaming about marrying Daisy and becoming one, essentially a wind-up robot doing her bidding. When he wakes up he runs out the door and joins the [[LegionOfLostSouls Foreign Legion]].
* Creator/{{Terrytoons}} character John Doormat is this trope incarnate. [[MeaningfulName As his name indicates]], he is a total pushover, lorded over by his battleaxe of a wife. One episode does have him become more assertive, which Mrs. Doormat finds irresistible. But the moment they meet eye to eye, he shrinks back to his former self. In another cartoon his neighbor gives him flack over it, but then John discovers that he is just as henpecked as he is, if not more so.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'', we have Tom Dubois. Due to being an ExtremeDoormat with a paranoid phobia of PrisonRape, his wife Sara often expresses frustration at his unmasculine demeanor.
* Peter Griffin from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' occasionally slips into this, but considering what a massive ManChild he is, it's unlikely the family would be able to function at all if Lois wasn't shrewish and domineering. It's already a mess of abusive dysfunction as it is.
* Jerry from ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' is this to a t. He and his wife, Beth married after she became pregnant with their daughter when they were in high school. The question of if they were together by choice or not is often raised. This isn't helped by the fact that he has to deal with his wife's desire to keep her MadScientist father in her life who constantly throws their family in danger, especially their children and constantly insults Jerry, believing he isn't worthy of his daughter and Beth's dominerring personality. In an episode where they are in a couples' therapy, it is shown that Beth's perception of Jerry is that of a spineless meek worm. He and Beth are shown to have a rather malicious, codepent relationship. No one in the family respects Jerry. He even lampshades this in an episode
--> Jerry: I'm just this entire family's toilet paper.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Mary Todd Lincoln was reportedly rather abusive to UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln. She would throw potatoes at her husband and had once smacked him in the face with a piece of wood when he didn't build a fire quickly enough to please her. There was also at least one incident where she chased him outside with a kitchen knife, but when Abe saw a crowd of other people in town he picked her up and took her back inside, telling her not to do it in front of the neighbors. She suffered from severe mental illness (likely bipolar disorder) and was institutionalized by her own son later in life. The fact that Lincoln himself was killed by an assassin right in front of her probably [[UnderStatement didn't help]] her condition.
* UsefulNotes/MariaTheresa was this to her husband Francis, although she did care for him. Being married to a beautiful, charming, and intelligent queen who has palaces and hundreds of thousands of soldiers, and lives in [[SceneryPorn Austria]], has its advantages obviously. But it can get [[OvershadowedByAwesome awkward]], particularly given that ''she'' is the ruler of a vast Empire, and that even though ''you'' are the one with the title "Emperor," you have it because you were fortunate enough to marry her...
* According to tradition, Socrates was this to his wife Xanthippe (who was also [[MayDecemberRomance considerably younger than him]]). One account depicts the furious Xanthippe pouring a chamber pot over his head. While accounts on her personality vary, a number of accounts (most notably Xenophon) depict her as a nagging, scolding harpy. Whether these accounts were true or simply exaggerations of Xanthippe's personality flaws is debated. Nevertheless, the influence of several accounts has led to Xanthippe's name becoming a synonym for a shrewish woman.
* By some accounts, Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormons. [[FridgeLogic One really wonders why he allowed men to have several wives, then.]] [[FridgeBrilliance Maybe so they would henpeck each other]] [[LetsYouAndHimFight instead of their husbands?]]
* According to UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte, Marshal Edouard Mortier was "a brave man, but his wife pushed him around".
* A more certain case from the same era is Camillo Borghese, Napoleon's brother-in-law by virtue of having married his sister Pauline. Despite being the one with the princely title (Pauline married him before the Empire was established) and the rightful owner of the jewels that Pauline loved to wear, she tyrannised him in his own home... not so surprising considering her own brother's personality.
* Napoleon himself might have been a milder example. He claimed that Joséphine was the only one who could make him yield on anything.
* Creator/DougWalker says that his wife isn't in his videos (aside from a voice a couple of times) because it'd be too unnatural him telling her what to do. (Meant in a nice way, he's HappilyMarried.)

[[folder: Meta]]
* The devoted and obedient "wanko" [[AnimalMotifs ("puppy")]] {{Seme}} is this to the moody and demanding "nyanko" ("kitty") {{Uke}} in a {{Yaoi}} relationship that uses [[UsefulNotes/BoysLoveNotes the "wanko-nyanko" dynamic]]. And, of course, the uke may be this to a seme in a more "traditional" yaoi story.